I recently had the luck of getting one of the coolest commissions I've had in a long time - one that I needed to do, just to have fun in the shop. See, even though people look at woodworkers' lives and think it's all aromatic wood shavings and unicorns, it's more like sweat and sawdust.
So breaking the monotony in the shop is a great thing!
A fellow called me recently, asking if I could take his used Christmas tree and turn it into something memorable, since it was his daughter's FIRST tree. We discussed a few options, and since he worked in a restaurant, I naturally thought of something related to cooking. We eventually decided on a couple of french rolling pins - one for him, and one for his daughter.
When he dropped the tree off, he explained that he'd de-limbed most of it, but I still had some (sappy) work to do on the bandsaw, to take off all of the branches.
Just think of all those old Christmas trees, sitting in landfills or mulch yards, waiting to be destroyed. And what could be done with them!